Iain Duncan Smith Goes for the Mentally ill.
Desperate to save his post in the Cabinet Iain Duncan Smith has now turned on another target: those with psychological problems.
Yesterday the Mirror reported this,
Plans to strip benefits from the mentally ill unless they agree to treatment were savaged as “complete tosh” today – by an influential TORY MP.
Dr Sarah Wollaston, the chair of the Health Select Committee, said the proposal was “unethical,
unworkable nonsense” and “fundamentally flawed”.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is looking at forcing claimants with depression or
anxiety to undergo therapy as a condition of getting sickness benefits.
But Dr Wollaston said: “Presumably this complete tosh planted by someone who has no understanding of consent to treatment.
But Dr Wollaston said: “Presumably this complete tosh planted by someone who has no understanding of consent to treatment.”
Posting on Twitter, she added: “When I say it’s a ‘no brainer’ I mean this unethical, unworkable kite flying comes from someone with no brain.”
Lib Dem health minister Norman Lamb also blasted the plan.
He said: “The idea that you frogmarch someone into therapy with the threat of a loss of benefits simply won’t work. You actually need someone to go into therapy willingly.”
The “someone with no brain” is unmoved by the opinion of health-care professionals, or indeed by common sense.
Iain plans to go ahead with the plan,
trial scheme is expected to begin this year.
Government insiders say 46% of the 260,000 people on Employment and Support Allowance have mental health problems.
A source said: “Loads of people who claim ESA undergo no treatment whatsoever. It is bizarre. This is a real problem because we want people to get better.”
A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: “ESA / WCA (Work Capability Assessment) was introduced by previous Government in 2008 and we knew it wasn’t working as well as it should – including for people with mental health conditions.
“That is why we instigated a rolling review of the WCA and have made improvements for people with mental health conditions including introducing mental health champions.
“We are always looking at ways to further improve the system and support more people with mental health conditions at work, including through the use of these pilots.”
If these ideas are put in practice we can look forward to more seriously distressed people wandering the streets, penniless, and pushed from pillar to post.
You know how to cling to your job!
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